a breakdown of the EdTechX event
The flagship event of London EdTech Week, the EdTechX Summit, connected investors, entrepreneurs, educators, corporate business leaders and other global industry experts to exchange ideas, form business partnerships, explore market trends and set the agenda for the future of education and workplace learning.
The organisers wanted to deliver the conference in a new way – with attention to attendee’s insight as well as that of scheduled speakers. There was a distinct emphasis on networking and peer-to-peer learning in addition to traditional workshops and plenary sessions.
The content was delivered in 4 different content ‘tracks’. Attendees could take part in plenary sessions and then breakout into a track that was most relevant for their particular area of interest/ expertise. The layout of our venue, with its versatile spaces, meant that it was easy for the organisers to create a relaxed and coherent delegate flow.
Facilities and facts
The flexible layout allowed the organisers to push the boundaries of the traditional conference model, encouraging peer-to-peer knowledge sharing.
The organisers were delighted with the level of help they received from the Tobacco Dock team, helping them find creative solutions throughout the process.
Attendees were positive about the stylish backdrop Tobacco Dock provided to the conference.
Why Tobacco Dock?
After a 2-year hiatus from hosting the event in-person, the organisers wanted to find a venue that would make an impact. Pre Covid, they had used a venue based in the City, but the return to live meant they wanted to find a venue that would provide them with both inside and outside spaces, as well as flexible layouts to deliver the varied content their event included. Their brief was to find a non-traditional venue which would allow them to take the event to the next level.
The organisers used courtyard spaces for exhibition and catering, and these open spaces also lent themselves to impromptu, organic networking, which added to the atmosphere and community feel of the summit.
The final plenary session took place in our iconic Great Gallery – ideally situated for guests to spill out onto the Great Gallery courtyard for the evening drinks reception. This was a great spot for the evening part of the event, as the outdoor space meant that those attendees who had been inside content tracks and networking all day could enjoy the open spaces that Tobacco Dock is so renowned for.
The end results
Our adaptable layout meant that the organisers could create a completely unique event which suited their attendee numbers perfectly, and with the ability to add plenty of innovative and unique touches. Leaning on ‘The Experience of Learning’ theme, the boat used to win the British Sailing Championships was displayed in the Great Gallery Courtyard and a talk from Team GB Olympic hopeful, Jake Farren-Price, was another event highlight. While it was a challenge to get the vessel in place, it certainly created an impactful centrepiece and a great visual reference.
The day of the event coincided with a train strike which affected many of the guests’ and speakers’ journeys. Our on-site shower facilities proved very useful to those who had to cycle into the venue on the hot and sunny morning!
Attendees and sponsors alike were positive in their feedback of the venue, the way it allows the spaces to be used and the grand but contemporary backdrop it provided to proceedings.
Tobacco Dock ticked all the boxes
and following delivering our first event with them in June ‘22, we were thrilled with the outcome. The venue, team, pre-planning, onsite organisation, and event delivery are second to none. We are already planning our return in June ’23 to build on the success of the 2022 event and have no doubt that, with Tobacco Dock as our venue partner, the event will prove to be an even greater success.